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YouTube was created in 2005, but much like Google, it feels like it’s been around forever. We post our videos on YouTube, look for some silly entertainment during boring afternoons and send videos along to friends much like old ladies used to spread gossip around town not very long ago.

But should you be limited to YouTube? Let’s be honest, there is a whole world of streaming video online that most people have never seen because they have settled for YouTube. Most video sites have the same features, or features even better than YouTube has and some have a more specialized selection or much higher quality videos.

So here is a small sample of video sites you should check out that many people feel are better than YouTube.

Current TV

video sites

Current TV is a website that is also a TV channel, but unlike all other tv sites, that post their content from tv on their video sites, Current plays the content from their website on TV. People post their videos, or pods, on the site which get voted by the community and the highest ranking ones get on their television channel. Current has an enticing variety of videos, but the heart of the site is its amazing independent journalism. On Current, you can see all the reports that usually don’t get on television, or a whole new approach to the news you do see. For video producers, it’s a chance to get your video on tv and a little bit of cash to go with it.

TED

better than YouTube

TED is unique in the world of streaming video, and it is brilliant in its own way. TED’s whole concept is to spread ideas, and to accomplish that, it has enlisted some of the most brilliant minds in the world to create “talks” about topics as diverse as Eve Ensler’s “Embrace your inner child”, Murray Gell-Mann’s “Beauty and truth in physics” or Bill Gates’ “Mosquitos, malaria and education”. Better than YouTube in another way, the search on the site also works in an ingenious way, letting you search by keywords or by themes such as: inspiring, beautiful or fascinating. For those of us who are eternal students, TED is a jewel of endless facets.

Big Think

free video site

Following a very similar style to TED, Big Think takes an interview approach to its video instead of a prepared talk. The result is a very interesting group of answers that make you feel like you actually got to ask a famous expert the question yourself and he had the kindness to reply. It’s not as evolved as TED is, but it is certainly biting at its heels.

Atom

free video site

If you think YouTube videos are funny, you’ve never visited Atom, previously Atom Films. With an enormous array of animations, comedy shorts and sketches, Atom hasn’t lost its edge after its acquisition by MTV.  Because of its huge selection of talented filmmakers who normally contribute to the site and with their own staff filmmakers, who were selected from some of the funniest sites online, Atom manages to consistently have shorts that will lighten up the most boring of days.

Blip.tv

free video site

Created on May 11, 2005, the same year as YouTube, Blip.tv has mimicked what network television channels offer but using the same resource Current TV uses: independent producers. It currently has about 48,000 independently produced Web shows and approximately 22,000,000 viewers. They share the revenue of their ads with the producers, which allows them to make some income from their shows and keep producing them and in exchange, Blip.tv gets a constant supply of episodes for their video site. So what can you find on Blip.tv? Mostly, the site consists of series of shows, much like television shows, with genres like dating, technology, animation and a diverse group of fiction stories.

5 Min

best video site

Did you ever want to know how to photograph a red squirrel, how to reduce poverty in developing worlds or how to go geocaching with your kids? Well, you can find all of those answers and much, much more on 5min.com, the site that will try to teach you how to do almost anything in 5 minute videos.

World Wide Internet TV (WwiTV)

best video site

WwiTV is more an aggregator than a video site, since it doesn’t store the videos itself, but merely points at videos in other sites. The reason it made this list is that it points at video channels from all over the world, so if you’d like to watch a soap opera from Azerbaijan or a music video from Vietnam, you can find it all on WwiTV. The quality is generally quite poor and the site itself is quite an eye sore, but where else would you find a North Korean video as top selection of the day followed closely by the Hellenic channel in Greece?

Hulu

best video site

Television channels seem to have noticed that trying to keep their shows out of streaming video sites is a lost battle. Their response seems to be finding partners who will help them deliver the content in its entirety and in higher quality than the ripped versions of the videos while sharing the ad revenue. One of such partner sites is Hulu. It carries content from many tv channels at very high streaming quality. The one catch is that it doesn’t have international streaming rights for their content outside the USA, so it’s for an American audience only.

Vimeo

youtube alternative

Since it was created by filmmakers, Vimeo shows a very holistic and welcoming approach to video sharing. Vimeo Top 4 Sites To Share Private Home Movies With Family & Friends Top 4 Sites To Share Private Home Movies With Family & Friends Read More tends to attract more professional filmmakers than other sharing sites, the video tends to be higher quality and the design certainly beats YouTube’s messy look. The community projects and groups also make it easy to find videos of a particular topic or subject matter and with almost 3 million members and over 17000 videos uploaded daily, there is a lot to choose from.

Stickam

alternatives to youtube

The proposal of sites like Stickam is very innovative. Let the audience participate by streaming their own video live. For most part, it works in an exciting way. Some shows are scheduled and you can stream your own video as an audience member and talk to the hosts or video chat among other viewers. It’s like being part of a live audience and always carrying the mike. You can also watch pre-recorded shows and interviews.

The one issue is that for a large part of the day, the site seems to be inhabited by the people who are most at ease with webcams, young teenagers. Nothing intrinsically wrong with that, but if you are looking for some more experienced discussions you must select your live streams carefully.

UStream

alternatives to youtube

The older, more mature version of Stickam, Ustream also allows people to create their own broadcasting channels and their own live shows. It does, though, carry live broadcasting from many mainstream media sites and it doesn’t allow people to join in with their video chats the way Stickam does, but it does have live text chat.

The topics tend to be more interesting than Stickam’s since it has a lot of contributions from professional journalists who decided to try the live interactive video format.

Blinkx

video sites

Why bother visiting a bunch of video sites looking for viral videos when you can find it all on one site? Boasting to be world’s largest video search engine with over 35 million hours of video from all major video sites, Blinx even claims to have indexed more media searches than Google.  All you have to do is type in a keyword and you get results from major sites all at once.

There are literally thousands of streaming video sites to choose from, built just  to entertain or inform you. Some are very niche, some copies of what we’ve already seen.  The ones above are a taste of those I find myself checking out on a regular basis. What are your favorite ones and why?

  1. Mine123
    November 6, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    wow i love this

  2. Bluzulu
    September 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Why isn't dailymotion on this list? Of all the sites listed here it really is the most like Youtube.

  3. Posturized Milk
    August 23, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Waprow is the best free site similar to youtube and it has as much content

  4. Posturized Milk
    August 23, 2016 at 11:38 am

    hey guy

  5. bronson williams
    August 16, 2016 at 2:12 am

    theres a site called yourchatterbox.com its cool they have chattie tube basically when you share a video from youtube or vimo it gets saved so you don't have to search kind of a channel everyone shares

    • bronson williams
      August 16, 2016 at 2:13 am

      oh and they have online t.v and 30 online radio stations

  6. EpicSpiritWolf
    June 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    If you're bored then sign up at goodreads.com! They are pretty cool and you can "meet" some of the famous book authors like The author of Harry Potter. Really try it! It sounds boring, but it is super fun.

  7. EpicSpiritWolf
    June 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Sadly youtube is the best FREE site. All of the other sites either want money or don't have as much as youtube;\

  8. C Duff
    June 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Hey guys:) im from uppertupperticondaspoonersburg falls and I don't get much service up here and I need to find a new video site other than youtube, which one of these is the best one

  9. C Duff
    June 9, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    hey guys:)

  10. jasmine
    May 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    thhtkfg

    • Joseph
      June 15, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Bra

  11. suman shretsha
    May 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

    no...youtube is the best for videos sites

  12. train
    May 19, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    bro xavi all your websites are bloked man

  13. Death=you
    May 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    the rest are blocked ha ha ha

  14. Death=you
    May 7, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    it says YouTube.gs id unfounded

  15. kalyl
    April 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    thx xavi

  16. trinity lawton
    April 11, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    look if you want to watch cool gaming videos then go on youtube.
    but I really want a site that's like youtube but that's not blocked by school.
    plus these sites are not even better then youtube, they suck kinda like what jj said.

  17. Xavi
    April 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    If u need good vids use bestplay.pk or YouTube.gs or ptube.pk, playme.pk. Thank me later

    • trinity lawton
      April 11, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      thx this really helps, schools are always blocking everything noneducational.im sure I'll use this quite often when im at school.

  18. shaheed
    March 31, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    yeah they always blocking videos on youtube

  19. shaheed
    March 31, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    thanks i need this to because they block school videos

  20. jj
    March 30, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    their not better than youtube but their ok

  21. Frisk
    March 26, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I used and they crashed my computer I need to watch UNDERTALE im not joking.

  22. John
    March 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I have checked all of them, but non of them are like youtube. Show me one of them that play news or sports or any other vidoes from other part of the world.

    They never can be like youtube.

    • john Maclain
      April 5, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      the only thing because - youtube was the first site offered the serves , and adopted by google , thats why spread the world and awarding a more than all countries earn from exporting their hard working countries that produces raw materials to other countries

  23. chayson
    March 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    thanks guys I needed a site other than youtube because they block youtube at school and I needed to look up a video real fast.i bet they never even heard of these site so they cant block what they don't know

  24. LonePuma
    March 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Thank God we're not relegated to F.B, G+ and the more recognized heavy handed sites!!
    I know I'll be doing my best to break people out of these controlling youngsters in their heavy handed prisons where you must fall in line or suffer their wrath!! Google is like big government, do what they say or they'll chop off your head!!! :\

  25. DEEZNUTS
    March 8, 2016 at 12:57 am

    ???

  26. jeff is ghey
    March 5, 2016 at 1:03 am

    @jeff i fked your mom faqqot

    • jhvop
      March 19, 2016 at 1:55 am

      I fked your mom till she died in a ditch MR. jeff is ghey
      :):):):):):):):):):):)

  27. jeff
    March 1, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    eat sh#t

  28. jeff
    March 1, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    get a life

  29. PIMPDADDYJONES
    February 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    mhm ugly ASS

  30. Robot /equdasd121
    February 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Deez nigggas are licks

  31. Bubba
    February 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    All of u guys suck!!! GET A LIFE!!!!!

  32. nathan
    January 22, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    lol

  33. Danny
    January 7, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    The episode "Nasty Patty" was seen on the 2004 VHS of SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeGuard on Duty.

  34. Danny
    January 7, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    The episode "Frankendoodle" was seen on Halloween.

  35. Danny
    January 7, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    And also, Peggy Wendt has SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Buddies 2002 VHS.

  36. Danny
    January 7, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I have SpongeBob SquarePants: Sea Stories 2002 VHS. But it contains an ink label and no case. And drseusslover has SpongeBob SquarePants: Halloween 2002 VHS.

  37. Dante T. Leigh
    January 7, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    yeah Vimeo is cool

  38. ItsMeMinty
    January 5, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    YouTube is definetly the best!

  39. ItsMeMinty
    January 5, 2016 at 3:40 am

    I meant I can't find Samgladiator on any of them?!?!?!

  40. ItsMeMinty
    January 5, 2016 at 3:39 am

    I can' tried Samgladiator on any of them!?!?

  41. Aundrea
    December 24, 2015 at 4:00 am

    I do like YouTube but I like Vimeo more cuz you can sign up easily.

    • Aundrea
      December 24, 2015 at 4:01 am

      True

  42. Aundrea
    December 24, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Really,I use Vimeo.It is the best.

  43. abbas
    December 20, 2015 at 7:26 am

    youtube is the best

  44. Estella
    December 16, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I WOULD NOT USE STICKAM, DOES NOT WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Kecia
    December 8, 2015 at 6:55 am

    How does it suck WTF

  46. James Wilson
    October 17, 2015 at 5:29 am

    This is really out of date. Stickam closed in 2013.

  47. Braxden Bruce
    September 29, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    May I suggest putting Youtube TV on there for a better website than regular old youtube.

  48. Alex Roman
    September 14, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    no video site is better than youtube i am evening a youtuber some of these sites are like direct tv

  49. md nazim
    August 27, 2015 at 9:38 pm
  50. Anastasia Dunbar
    August 23, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    They are horrible. At least LiveLeak.com is much better than YouTube. YouTube takes things too seriously and removes videos. They're offended for a small thing.

    • isaiah
      December 1, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      true that

      • qedfdnwan
        December 7, 2015 at 3:13 pm

        this stuff sucks

  51. Rosy Milan
    August 5, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Good work. Watch out more at DiplyLove.com

  52. Unieb Ch
    July 19, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Must consider VidPil to add. Its a amazing site.

  53. Saliha Jalil
    June 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    thank's for giving us more information about these wesites.

  54. Vanessa
    May 12, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I need websites that aren't blocked at my school... Can you guys help?

  55. Tess Tyler
    May 11, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Youtube to me is the best because I never heard of any of these websites but it has alot of information so Thank you for that TTYL!!!!:)

  56. Shankar
    April 27, 2015 at 11:23 am

    That's can we use AdSense in all these sites

  57. Jellypie Software
    April 19, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Stickam is now officially closed. Makes me wonder about the quality of the journalism here. Did you actually bother to visit any of these sites before writing about them?

    • cheekoe
      May 10, 2015 at 10:38 am

      May I point out that this post was made in 2010..... and your comment is in 2015 - and a lot changes in 5 years.

  58. Nayeem Talukder
    April 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks For best information

  59. fahim
    April 6, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    100 % wrong youtube is best in all then dailymotion

  60. tristan curless
    March 3, 2015 at 3:10 am

    very good websites tanya but were are websites that are funny.Jw

  61. Laugh World
    March 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Great post! I must upload video to those!

  62. Howard
    February 19, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Try Buzzhike.com, seems to be new but the collection is amazing ,especially the short films channel

  63. mausam
    January 31, 2015 at 8:21 am

    ummm am gonna try all of these for m video making sites!!!
    thanx

  64. NEWTON FORREST JA.
    January 27, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    GOOD LISTINGS BUT DONT PAT YOURSERLF ON THE BACK JUST YET,BUT OKAY

  65. destiny
    January 12, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    suck me lol i mean lick me if you think those web sites are better that youtube and by me i mean my private area

    • sickdestiny
      January 25, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      What a nasty piece of work you are.

  66. destiny
    January 12, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    i dont like them or you

  67. blake
    December 11, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    i need something that has funny videos besides you tube

    • Anasjah T Boyd
      March 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      I know right

  68. Sandra
    December 11, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Regardless of the various critiques contained in some comments herein, I appreciate you sharing your information & knowledge in offering alternatives to YouTube. I only just discovered your site tonight, and am looking forward to expanding my option base by accessing the sites you suggested; as well as those that others offered. I shall never lose the ability to feel the sense of wonder for the extraordinary variety of "stuff" that we have available at our fingertips because of the incredible technology that has been developed.

  69. gojotv
    March 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    A lot of those sites (like Hulu) don't stream outside of the U.S. So, for someone who travels, like me, they're worthless.

    YouTube still rules!

  70. Becca
    March 3, 2010 at 6:41 am

    One thing that I think is really unique about YouTube, as a content creator, is that I can upload videos whenever I want, about whatever I want, as consistently (or not) as I want. These other websites may provide great things for me to watch, but I doubt they provide opportunities and/or communities to support my crappy videos, which I always find on YouTube.

  71. SamCreareGroup
    March 2, 2010 at 8:34 am

    YouTube is great but unfortunately when embedding onto your site, you also get the hideous looking YouTube Player and stamp.

    When embedding onto your site and when aiming to achieve the professional and clean look for your videos, I recommend Vimeo.

    Vimeo has a cool floating player head that blends seamlessly into your site.
    The link below is of a video from the Creare Group. I think the video looks great on the white background.

    http://vimeo.com/9673761

    Unfortunately Vimeo doesn't have the same audience numbers as YouTube and has uploading HD limits, but it is definately worth a look if your looking for a professional look from your embedded videos.

    • Taty
      March 3, 2010 at 12:44 am

      Thanks everyone for the comments.
      And SamCreareGroup, I agree. The Vimeo player is much more visually pleasing that the YouTube Player.

    • destiny
      January 12, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      shut up old man

  72. David K. Enders, D.C.
    February 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    YouTube is the biggest, but there are lots of other video sites to use. Some are specialized and would not be appropriate for all video post. Thanks for a great list - have only used a few of them, will check out the rest.

  73. Taty
    February 16, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Hi "you suck"
    fun to read you are so passionate about YouTube. I don't dislike YouTube by any means, and do visit it often. The article is only meant to point out that there are other sites that offer similar services and that checking them out could bring some interesting surprises. But hey, if you'd rather just stick to one site, that is your right and choice to do so. About the other comments... I've lived too many years to feel I need to reply to them. But hey, thanks for taking the time to read the article anyway.

    • Anonymous
      January 8, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you Taty. Too many years indeed.

  74. you suck
    February 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    also u making money in useless articles, like this.
    your title make me laughing my a$$ off.

  75. Taty
    February 13, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Great suggestions, everyone. Checking them all out.

  76. Boris Kislitsin
    February 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

    cyberbrothers.tv became one of my favorites.
    Don't miss it out - it has lots of hand-picked by experts short films, video art, music videos and music.

  77. Brad
    February 12, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Great article. Also check out PopTech.com. Very similar to TED but from a conference held on the East Coast.

    • Brad
      February 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      My mistake. It's Poptech.org.

  78. Chris
    February 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Great list. I would also include DailyMotion.com in there.

  79. taniya
    February 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    wow, thanks so much!

  80. Shailu
    February 10, 2010 at 9:57 am

    My favorite is TED.COM, I get many ideas from this website. I have never seen such brilliant minds at one place.

    • Leigh
      February 12, 2010 at 9:39 am

      I agree with TED.COM being and excellent site. Another site with great conversation starters and ideas is FORA.TV

  81. Wally
    February 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I take videos of my navel and watch it.

  82. Daniel
    February 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for that comprehensive list, Taty. Just one thing though; TED actually offer some of their videos on Youtube already so you could still just look at their YouTube channel and watch it from there...

    • GOG
      January 29, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      You TED videos are on YouTube, but YouTube videos are not on TED, big difference.

  83. cainmark
    February 6, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Archive.org has great old classic tv shows.

  84. TechShankar
    February 6, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I used Vimeo and Blip.TV. Other links are new to me. Thanks for D share.

  85. kenntrix
    February 5, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    thanks for the list. cool

  86. Taty
    February 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions, everyone. Keep them coming.

  87. tewo
    February 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    none of them are better than youtube but good list anyway.

    • TACO
      April 13, 2015 at 3:03 am

      there a liltle better

  88. samjohnno
    February 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks for the post Taty, found some sites that are definitely going to get some viewing time.

  89. Lander
    February 5, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    WiiTV? You meen WwiTV

    • Taty
      February 5, 2010 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you for the note Lander. Sorry about the oversight.

      • Lander
        February 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

        No prob :)

        • Lander
          February 7, 2010 at 2:48 am

          Err... Taty, now it sais wiwTV in the title...

        • Taty
          February 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

          LOL. I know. We are having some typo issues between two of us who are correcting the article. They really just need to change the name of that site to something less prone to typos.
          It will happen...

  90. Michael
    February 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Definitely my favorite is wimp.com

    • SnatchTease
      February 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      Wimp is FTW.

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